Exploring the unusual in Cape Town

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Exploring the unusual in Cape Town

Visiting Cape Town is often on the bucket list of travellers. It’s also often voted as one of the best cities in the world. And for very good reason. Of course, there are the usual attractions of walking through Kirstenbosch Gardens or taking the cable car up Table Mountain. But there are so many other places to explore in this beautiful city.

Cape Town is the kind of city where you could spend your entire holiday lying on the beach, taking an occasional dip and enjoying the sights. On the other hand, it’s also the kind of place where you can be really active, spending your holiday exploring and sightseeing. Here are some of the places you shouldn't miss.


See the sights from the mountains

The best way to enjoy the sights of beautiful Cape Town is from its mountains. That means you’ll have to lace up your hiking boots and climb some hills. There are many hikes in Cape Town, too many to mention, with its mountains stretching in every direction. Of course, a visit to this city wouldn't be complete without scaling Table Mountain and its sister, Lion’s Head.


Swim in one of many natural pools

A welcome end to many of the Cape’s strenuous hikes are the natural pools. From the Crystal Pools in Gordon’s Bay to the massive, icy pool after hiking the Kromrivier Trail, you have many options. Of course, after a day of hiking and swimming, you’ll need a comfortable spot to rest your head. That’s why there are a number of excellent places to stay in this area. Research 4-star accommodation in Cape Town and you’ll be spoiled for choice with all of the options you’ll find.


Snorkel with the sharks and seals

If you, like many people, have a fascination with creatures of the ocean, Cape Town is an ideal place to spend time with some of its creatures. Opportunities for swimming and snorkelling with both seals and sharks are available in this city. It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures.


Visit some unexpected beaches

Take this opportunity to visit some beaches you might not previously have heard of. The perfect example of this is Kraalbaai. Just a short drive from Cape Town, the water is warm, the sand is white and the waves are crystal clear blue. You can rent a houseboat and spend days relaxing on the water, taking occasional breaks to dip a toe into the lagoon.


Take in the sight of the flowers

If you’re fortunate enough to visit Cape Town during the spring, a drive up to the West Coast is essential. Here you’ll see all of the flowers blooming in their full colourful splendour. During the months of August and September, blankets of flowers cover every open space along the coast.


Visit the tip of Africa

Just three hours from Cape Town is the beautiful, sleepy, seaside town on Cape Agulhas. Known for its rocky coastline, this is the southernmost tip of Africa and the beginning of the dividing line between the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Enjoy views of the crashing seas as you amble toward the beautiful and historic red and white Cape Agulhas Lighthouse.


Take a roadtrip

From Cape Town, it’s possible to set off in just about any direction and be greeted by a beautiful sight. Head along the N1 and you’ll reach the winelands of Stellenbosch. Venture along the N2 and you’ll find the beautiful Sir Lowry’s Pass. Take a turn and you’ll reach the scenic Clarence Drive and make your way to the town of Hermanus. Make sure to find out if the whales are around as this is the spot to look out for these majestic creatures.


See the Cape Point Nature Reserve

About 60km from Cape Town lies the Cape Point Nature Reserve. A natural World Heritage Site, it is home to 7 750 hectares of varied flora and fauna. You’ll see buck, baboons, zebra and more than 250 kinds of birds. A self-described nature enthusiast's paradise, it is home to the Flying Dutchman Funicular which allows you to see the sights from a truly unique angle.


Visit the penguins at Boulders

If you’re even slightly curious about our stumbling, fumbling and waddling feathered friends, a visit to Boulders Beach is an absolute must. Located near Simon’s Town, toward Cape Point, it’s home to a colony of penguins which settled there in 1982. You’ll be able to see around 3 000 of these birds in their natural habitat. The penguins are best viewed from nearby Foxy Beach, where you’ll be lucky enough to get just a few metres away from the birds.


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